Finding Margin in Business and in Life

Stuck? 7 Steps You Can Take to Get Unstuck

  I remember my first job.  I’d been working as an office manager for few years, but it wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed and there was no room for advancement either.  Every day I did the same thing I did the day before.  The routine was monotonous and tiresome.  I was bored and lethargic.  At […]

A Martyr in the Midst: How to Deal with One in Organizational Leadership

No one would argue that leading an organization is a boring or simple exercise.   It is challenging from the very beginning, and perhaps most difficult, when it comes to hiring and managing employees.   Balancing the operational requirements of the organization with the varied personalities, talents and needs of employees is a delicate process that […]

Leaving Well

It wasn’t a decision you made lightly.  It took months of thinking, prayer and introspection to reach this point of clarity.   You’re done.  You’ve made the decision to resign.  As an executive in the company, what does that mean?   What does it look like?  What is the process? Having gone through this experience a few […]

Knowing When It’s Time to Go

We all have horror stories about work.  For those of us who have had the privilege and responsibilities associated with leading an organization, those stories seem to proliferate even more so.  With the benefit of time and space, some of these situations are humorous, even hilarious.  Yet when these situations are part of a long […]

Breaking Through Frustration

Some time ago, I found myself battling frustration on several fronts.  Frustration with a client, frustration with several project delays and frustration in an organization where I volunteer.   While frustration is normal every now and then, it is never good to get stuck there.  Frustration leads to anger or apathy; played out in sarcasm, gossip, […]

Six Steps to Working for a Manipulative Boss

Some time ago I read a blog post by Don Miller, a prolific writer and founding director of Storyline.  The post is entitled The Single Defining Characteristic of a Manipulator.  In it, he states “…manipulative people will use guilt, shame, lies and trickery to get what they want.”  Have you ever worked for someone like […]

The Other Side of Burnout

A few years ago I found myself at the point of burnout.  I was physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually exhausted.  At the time I was serving on the executive team of a small company; in many ways my dream job.  Over time, however, the challenges inherent within the organization’s frenetic culture led to a perfect storm […]

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